When reading through some of Lyle McDonald’s work, I came across a section that piqued my interest. From McDonald’s own website “BodyRecomposition.com”, he states in his Baseline Diet Article:
While he doesn’t name DiPasquale by name, I know McDonald is familiar with his work and I can’t see how this could apply to anything but the Anabolic/Metabolic Diet (the well-meaning individual being Mauro DiPasquale).
It seems as though McDonald is refuting the central theme of the Metabolic Diet, which is that your body will adapt to become a fat-burning instead of carb-burning machine.
I could see this debate going two ways. While I haven’t read the primary literature, DiPasquale seems confident that lipolysis is increased on a high fat diet. I think McDonald is arguing that a high-fat diet would decrease training performance by depriving the body of available glucose. I think he would say that performance will necessarily be stunted due to the inability to properly load, and that while it is true that fat will be better and more quickly utilized in a general way, that it will not benefit a person in the short bursts that make up weight training.
Frankly, this is the point where my formal dietary training exceeds me. I have a fairly strong background in biology, but I simply don’t feel qualified to complete this argument or come down one side or the other. In fact, I may have misconstrued the argument all together. What I am quite sure of however, is that McDonald does feel there is an argument.
My gut instinct is to assume that Dr. DiPasquale, with his background would not miss something obvious and McDonald might just be making a little error. Of course, DiPasquale has build up a little brand name here so who can say.
I was hoping someone could come in and try to resolve the issue or at least throw a little light on the problem as I have not read anything by McDonald that addressed this issue directly.